Feb. 24, 2012
WASHINGTON - WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's lacrosse team (0-1, 0-0 BIG EAST) rallied late, scoring six unanswered goals during the final four minutes and 25 seconds of the game, but they could not overcome the lead built by No. 7 Maryland (2-0, 0-0 ACC) over the first three and a half quarters, as the Hoyas fell in their season-opener, 16-11 at Multi-Sport Field on Friday night.
Brian Casey had three goals and an assist, while Zack Angel and C-Jay Engelke each had two goals to lead the Hoyas offense, while Tyler Knarr had a strong outing, winning 11-of-13 face-offs and picking up five ground balls, most coming during the team's furious fourth quarter comeback attempt.
The Hoyas trailed by 11 goals after a 9-1 run by the Terps during the second half, including five straight to open the fourth quarter. Though even trailing, 16-5, the Blue & Gray would not go quietly, as Francis McDonough scored on the feed from Dan McKinney to start a run with 4:25 remaining in the game.
Zack Angel followed just over a minute later, picking up a ground ball near midfield, then winning a foot race to the restraining box, before beating the goalie with a low shot for his second goal of the game.
C-Jay Engelke also scored his second goal of the game during the run, nine seconds later on what would be the first of two consecutive assists by Gerry Reilly. Reilly assisted on Knarr's goal, 12 seconds later. Knarr pushed the face-off to Reilly then streaked toward the goal, catching the pass and finishing. Casey and John Wujciak each scored with less than a minute remaining, but the Hoyas had dug too deep a hole from which to climb, 16-11.
Face-offs proved critical throughout the first three quarters, as Maryland won 13-of-18 to keep the ball on their offensive side of the field. The Terps took a quick 2-0 lead, before Jason McFadden put the Hoyas on the board for the first time with 9:56 remaining in the first quarter, to cut the lead to 2-1. Maryland rattled off the next four goals, to take a 6-1 lead.
Casey scored his first of three goals midway through the second quarter. Angel and Casey would score back-to-back goals to end the first half to close the gap to three goals at, 7-4.
Joe Cummings stole any of the Hoyas momentum, scoring the first two of four consecutive goals to start the third quarter, taking a 10-4 lead. Engelke broke up the run with a goal, but Maryland scored the next five to put the game out of reach.
Georgetown returns to action on Saturday, March 3 when they host Detroit Mercy at 1 p.m. on Multi-Sport Field.
TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets for any of Georgetown's seven remaining home games can be purchased by calling the Hoyas box office at (202) 687-HOYA (4692) or visiting the team's official website - GUHoyas.com - and visiting http://www.guhoyas.com/tickets/m-lacros-tickets.html.